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Posted on May 14, 2011 in Being A Dad, Featured, Special Events | 0 comments

Elmo Teaches Us How To Use Our Imagination

Gavin has a talking Elmo doll that he likes a lot.  It sings and laughs and tells stories.  It’s really kind of creepy.  Anyway, Chrissy found out that Sesame Street Live was coming around, so she jumped on the tickets and scored third-row seats for the whole family.  Although we later found that it was also playing at a closer venue, we had already gotten tickets by then.

Aiden and Gavin watch Big Bird on the stage.

Our tickets were for the same venue as the Imagination Movers concert that we recently attended.  It’s a bit of a drive out to the Rosemont Theater (up by O’Hare Airport), but we stopped at the O’Hare Oasis for some lunch on the way.  The boys love eating at the oasis, since they can eat while watching cars and trucks pass under the restaurant.

The theme of the show was to use your imagination to go anywhere you would like  (camping, to the moon, home, etc.).  Elmo taught everyone the trick of it.  Rosita wanted to go to Mexico to see her aunt.  Bert wanted to go under the sea to play with various bioluminescent fish.  Ernie wanted to be a pirate captain or something.  Just close your eyes and imagine it…

Bert and Ernie on the SS Rubber Duckie.

Gavin was riveted to the stage.  There was a lot going on up there, with a dozen or so people-sized Muppets dancing and singing.  There were a lot of characters that I’m not entirely familiar with, as I haven’t watched Sesame Street in a very long time.  But this was the first time that I had ever seen Big Bird up close, which everybody should do at least once.

Again, we had the issue with sitting center stage at the Rosemont Theater: characters use the stairs to the right and left of the stage, not the center.  So when they come down from the stage to interact with the audience, we were too far away.  Actually, about ten feet away, but with no means of getting close to them.  Next time we book tickets there, we’ll shoot for seats by the left or right walkway.

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